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Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:12 pm

Kurt Russell's Beard wrote: White Jazz, Ellroy - 8.5/10
I don't imagine this type of fiction getting any better. In a way I ruined myself reading this first. I read 50 pages of Black Dahlia after this and couldn't sustain interest. White Jazz is just beyond any sort of morality compass, you don't know which way is up. Cop throws guys out windows and various murders for money, and that goddamn sword scene, ugh, amazing. Clipped prose, otherworldly effect. Any of his other books even half this good?
I liked The Black Dahlia, but White Jazz is definitely Ellroy at his peak. The language is so disorienting and invigorating that it's almost like Beckett decided to write a crime novel. I never understood why people got so excited about the next phase of his writing -- American Tabloid, The Cold 6000, etc. -- which, in comparison to the L.A. trilogy, just seems boring on every level.
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Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:36 pm

Read Of Mice and Men recently and that was real nice. Now I'm reading Snow Crash and I just can't get overly excited about it. I've never done much sci-fi, but I tend to compare most contemporary stuff to Neuromancer and haven't found anything that measures up. Any fans out there with recommendations?
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Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:47 pm

TheDOAD wrote:snowcrash
Is that better than Snow Crash?
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Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:48 pm

Snowcrash was pretty fun.

I've been reading a lot of trashy SciFi lately, all bu Iain M. Banks. Consider Phlebas, The Player Of Games, Use Of Weapons, Excession and now I'm on Look To Windward. I guess I like space operas. Anyone recommend any more of this kinda garbage?
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Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:50 pm

Haha, weird. I went back an searched if anyone had mentioned Iain M Banks and I actually have Blood Meridian up next after I burn through these "Culture" books.

Also, I've read all the Neil Stephenson books, and I have basically high praise for them all. I think he peaked with Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon, but they're all worth reading.
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I really took my time with the last volume of the baroque cycle because I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end. I've never done that with a book before.
TheDOAD wrote:Next up: Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks.
Just finished Use of Weapons. It was pretty good but I don't quite get the Banks worship I've been seeing lately. It's just space opera...

Last really good book I read was Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. That shit was deep. My first thought when I finished that was "I think I'm gonna have to read that again, holy shit". So far I've read this and The Road and both were impressive.

Next up is The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:57 pm

delmuerte wrote:Haha, weird. I went back an searched if anyone had mentioned Iain M Banks and I actually have Blood Meridian up next after I burn through these "Culture" books.
Blood Meridian is great, but it's a belly crawl through Hell.
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Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:57 pm

Actually, I think that "Excession" is the best of the bunch. I'm still working through "Look To Windward," but I dunno about it so far. "Use Of Weapons" was my least favorite, and had the gayest ending ever. The Iain Banks (no M) stuff I've read, is usually pretty decent, aside from "The Business." Haven't read much that's newer than that one.

I really want more space opera. Wait until you read "Excession," that one is damn near perfect.
TheDOAD wrote:I really enoyed player of games. Just recently read that. and the more I think of it the more I liked Consider Phlebas a LOT.

If you have not read the Hyperion books do that. Its more serious than the banks space operas but still has an awesome epic scale and is highly enjoyable.
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Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:47 pm

Lexicon Devil - 8/10

It made me realize how little of a fuck I actually give about Darby Crash (also don't care much about the germs.) I did, however, enjoy it more for it's oral history of LA Punk in the late 70's and how the HB's fucked up hardcore.
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Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:10 am

delmuerte wrote:Snowcrash was pretty fun.

I've been reading a lot of trashy SciFi lately, all bu Iain M. Banks. Consider Phlebas, The Player Of Games, Use Of Weapons, Excession and now I'm on Look To Windward. I guess I like space operas. Anyone recommend any more of this kinda garbage?
If you're looking for complete space trash opera look no further than Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant series. I haven't read these in years but I remember them being extremely bad ass when I was younger. Plus it had some severe rape scenes I would jerk off to.

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Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:43 pm

Invisible monsters - chuck palahniuk
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Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:59 pm

White Jazz is definitely better, but American Tabloid had this America-cracked-wide-open vibe that I really liked. White Jazz seemed like it took place in another world. AT is plotted pretty frenetically, but it is much easier to follow than WJ, where I, at least, felt like I was hanging onto the plot by my fingernails.

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Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:45 pm

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The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky - 10/10
It had been ten or so years since I first read it. Even better this time. This is one of the finest novels ever written. Period.
agree 100% - easily one of the three best works of fiction I've ever read
and probably one of the best books I know of hands down...
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Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:25 am

Anyone else feel like the end of Blood's a Rover was totally a whimper, not a bang?
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eh_d wrote: snow crash is actually better than neuromancer
Meh.

Both awesome books.
both are awesome books, but trying to compare them is like comparing heinlen to asimov. yeah, apples and oranges are still both FRUIT, but why would anyone bother to compare them?
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Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:40 am

http://vxheavens.com/lib/mns00.html - Snow Crash

http://project.cyberpunk.ru/lib/neuromancer/ - Neuromancer

for people who'd like to make their own informed decision and also read two amazing books.
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Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:36 pm

Not quite done with The Fall but I'll give it a 9.25 anyway.
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father of lies wrote:Not quite done with The Fall but I'll give it a 9.25 anyway.
Ending is epic. Like, fist-pumping epic.
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Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:07 am

Dark is the sun by Philip Jose Farmer. 8.6
Great characters, great book, concepts... Some things were not feasible, but super entertaining nonetheless.

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Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:04 am

shouldnt it be dark out in that pic, i can clearly see the sun and it is not dark
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Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:25 am

riley-o wrote:i'm going to ask what the other two are even though you're a total asshole for making me do it
Underworld by DeLillo
and maybe Dune... or maybe Blood Meridian... I guess my top 5 circulates a bunch, with The Brothers Karamazov and Underworld staying constantly fixed at the top and the others circulating through it... there's some Philip K. Dick in there as well.

but that's just fiction
some of my favorite books are non-fiction
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